PASADENA, Calif. – Former Caltech student-athletes and recent graduates Alex Lapides and Wesley Yu have been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. The two are among 29 male student-athletes who competed in a spring sport who was honored with the $7,500 scholarship.
Lapides, a chemistry major, has tallied a 3.8 GPA as chemistry major at Caltech. He received his bachelor’s degree two weeks ago and will continue his studies at UNC Chapel Hill’s doctoral program.
The native of Naperville, Ill., won the last two SCIAC high jump titles at the season ending league championships. In doing so he is one of eight Beaver track & field athletes to win consecutive conference championships. Furthermore, he hasn't lost a SCIAC dual meet the last two seasons. During the 2010 season, he set the school high jump record when he cleared the bar at 6'6 ¾" in the season's last meet. Lapides broke the 17-year old record of 6'6 ½" set by Tim Magee.
In addition to his district honor, Lapides is a three-time member of the SCIAC all-academic team. He also served as the team captain as well as the team's SAAC representative this season.
Yu graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a cumulative GPA of 3.9. He will be attending medical school at the University of California, San Francisco.
The native of Irvine, Calif., has served as the tennis team captain for two consecutive years. He is a three year member of the SCIAC all-academic team. In addition he received ITA scholar athlete honors three times. Yu received numerous awards, honors and scholarships during his four years at Caltech. Most notable was in 2010 when he was named a Barry M. Goldwater scholar which honors the top college student in the nation who are studying in the field of math, science and engineering.
The most recent Caltech student-athlete to earn the NCAA postgraduate scholarship was Elette Boyle. The 2008 graduate was a member of the track and field team. Boyle received her bachelor’s degree in Math before pursuing her PhD at MIT.
Prior to Boyle, Chris McKinnon recieved an NCAA postgraduate scholarship in 1983 after competing for the Beavers swimming/diving squad.
Lapides and Yu are the 16th and 17th Caltech student-athletes to recieve an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.
For more information on the NCAA postgraduate scholarship program, please visit the NCAA page -- here